Samba Diakité

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Samba Diakité
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Personal information
Date of birth (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Montfermeil, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ittihad FC
(on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
Number 14
Youth career
2003–2005 Le Bourget
2005–2007 Torcy
2007–2010 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Nancy 41 (9)
2012 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 9 (1)
2012– Queens Park Rangers 14 (0)
2014 Watford (loan) 11 (0)
2014– Ittihad FC (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2012– Mali 19 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 25 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:51, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Samba Diakité (born 24 January 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Saudi Arabian club Ittihad FC, on loan from Queens Park Rangers. Though born in France, Diakité represents the Mali national team at international level.

Personal life[edit]

Diakité was born in Montfermeil, Seine-Saint-Denis.


Early career[edit]

Diakité played for Le Bourget and Torcy, before joining Nancy in 2007.


On 27 December 2009, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a two-year deal with Nancy.[2][3] He made his professional debut on 27 January 2010 in a Coupe de France match against Plabennec.[4]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 29 January 2012, he agreed a deal to join Premier League team Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent switch in the summer of 2012.[5] He made his debut on 25 February 2012 in a 1–0 defeat, at home against Fulham, where he was sent-off after just 33 minutes for a second bookable offence.[6] Diakité scored his first goal, a winning goal, for Queens Park Rangers in a 2–1 victory over London rivals Arsenal on 31 March 2012.[7]

On 27 June, it was announced by Queens Park Rangers that they had completed the permanent signing of Diakité on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be £3.5million.[8][9]


On 31 January 2014, Diakité joined Watford on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[10]

Diakité made his Watford debut as an 88th minute substitute for Cristian Battocchio in the 2-0 win over Brighton on 2 February 2014.[11]

However, on his full debut against Middlesbrough on 15 February 2014, Diakité was shown a straight red card early in the second half for a two-footed lunge on Dean Whitehead. [12]

International career[edit]

On 24 January 2012, he made his senior international debut for Mali at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in the 1–0 victory against Guinea.[13] In total he has made 5 appearances for his country. His form for his country in the tournament helped them reach semi-finals, and helped earn him a move to Queens Park Rangers.


  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Samba Diakité". Premier League. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "S. Diakité passe pro". Mercato365 (in French). 27 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Samba Diakité". AS Nancy (in French). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nancy v. Plabennec Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Austin, Simon. "QPR set to add Lazio striker Cisse after doing Diakite deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "QPR 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "QPR 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Diakité Signs R's Deal". QPR F.C. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Queens Park Rangers sign Samba Diakité on four-year deal from Nancy". London: The Guardian. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL: Samba Signs". Watford FC. 31 January 2014. 
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